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MRSA Reporting Requirements

As of February 27, 2008, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is reportable to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Although most of the reporting for Mount Sinai will be done electronically by the clinical microbiology laboratory, there are a few circumstances that require healthcare providers to directly report individual cases of MRSA to the Department of Health. These circumstances are mostly related to MRSA infections that are acquired in or develop in the community, and include:

Clusters of MRSA infection – these are defined as two or more confirmed cases of MRSA with suspected common association, such as members of a family, roommates, or schoolmates.

Unusual manifestations of MRSA infection, such as the death of a child.

Single cases of MRSA in which there is a higher risk of transmission to others, such as infections that occur among children or young adults in interscholastic and competitive sports teams; children in daycare; and persons living in congregate settings (e.g., shelters).

Cases that meet any of these criteria are to be reported, regardless of whether the individuals are treated as outpatients or if they require hospital admission. If you become aware of any cases that appear to meet any of the three criteria above, please report the case(s) to the Department of Health by calling the Bureau of Communicable Disease at 212-788-9830. After hours, call the Poison Control Center at 212-764-7667 (or 800-222-1222) and ask for the doctor on call.

If you have questions about the reporting requirements, please contact Dr. David Calfee in the Department of Infection Control at 8-9450.

Written by reuben

April 3rd, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Posted in ID